NEWS

 EMAIL ADDRESS is

mdclark@pipeline.com.au

                                              

 

NEWS 

My latest book published for younger readers is an Aussie Nibble, A HOME FOR GNOMES

 and is in the shops now. 

Have you read LOVE CHARMS

     

ALSO YOU MIGHT LIKE  SECRET FRIEND'S STUFF

 

MY TWO OTHER 'GOOD READ' TEEN BOOKS  ARE:

FRIENDS FOREVER- A SECRET DIARY BY SARA SWAN AND  TROUBLE ON TUESDAYS - Another Secret Diary by Sara Swan

   

MY FIRST FICTION NOVEL FOR ADULTS, "THE FEMAILS" is in the shops NOW!  

MY FIRST AUSSIE  NIBBLE WAS PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY 2006. It is called BLAST OFF!!

 

      

For comments, questions or input, please email me at mdclark@pipeline.com.au

WHERE  DO  I GET  MY  IDEAS?

Ideas are everywhere. I see things, hear things, have experiences, go to movies, watch TV, read books and use my imagination. Look at something and think WHAT IF? That is your creative question.

FAT CHANCE - I got the idea from my old diary I wrote when I was fifteen, and also from my daughter who wanted to be a model. HOT OR WHAT  and KISS AND MAKE UP  and HOOKING UP are the sequels. What if Lisa wants to be a model?

HOLD MY HAND OR ELSE - I got the title first when I overheard a mother tell her small child to "Hold my hand or else." Then I thought, "What if a teenage boy goes to school and gets away from his possessive mother?" The sequel  LIVING WITH LEANNE was a combination of my own teenage years and my daughter being a rebel. PULLING THE MOVES  is the sequel. What if Sam and Leanne's Mum marries a cop?

BACK ON TRACK - Diary of a Street Kid - I worked in an Alcohol and Drug Centre for eleven years, sometimes with street kids. What if Simone told her story through her diary?

THE BIG CHOCOLATE BAR - I overheard some boys talking about junk food being banned at their school camp. What if they brought their own junk food and sold it at big prices?

MANGO STREET SERIES and THE CHICKABEE SERIES -  these are based on my primary school years and the characters I knew.

HAIR RAISERS HORROR - The Revenge of the Librarian was based on the old librarian in the city library  who always wore black. What if she was a vampire in disguise?

AUSSIE ANGELS - I have a beach house and Okay Koala,  and Hello Possum and Cocky Too are based on the native animals that live in the bush. Seal with a Kiss, Whale of a Time and  Dollar for a Dolphin are based on those marine mammals that can be seen in the sea.  What if the caravan park was an animal shelter? What if some twins helped their Ranger father to look after the animals and also had adventures with smugglers and bird-poachers as well as with animals?

WEB WATCHERS - I fell asleep at the computer and my head hit the screen. What if I could have gone straight into cyberspace and found the Evil Ones who were planning to destroy the world wide web?

COOLINI BEACH SERIES - based on my teenage years and the beach where I listen to teenagers talk and watch what they do.

SECRET GIRL'S STUFF - based on emails and letters from teenager girls

EGG SERIES (Picture Books)  What if an ordinary egg could run around on legs, talk, and have adventures?

NO FAT CHICKS - I got the idea from a bumper bar sticker.

HOT STUFF - I was listening to the radio and heard that a donut van had blown up. What if donuts went flying through the air? Where would they land?

SNAG (the Sensitive New Age Gladiator) - I went to see the movie Gladiator. What if a gladiator hated violence and fainted at the sight of blood?

TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR  WRITING

1. Read lots of books by different authors and in different genres.

2. Keep a journal or a diary. Write about your thoughts and feelings and what happened during the day.

3. Practise writing something every day.  You will improve the more you write. Write a poem or start a story. Write to penpals or epals.

4. Keep a scrap book of ideas from newspapers, magazine cuttings, jot down things you see and hear.

5. Observe people and animals. Why do they behave like that? What are their stories?

6. Listen the the radio, watch some TV, go to movies for ideas.

7. Try to imagine what it's like to be someone else, or an animal.

8. When you write, try a long sentence then a short one, or two short ones then a long one. Read it aloud. It should flow nicely.

9. Balance dialogue (talking) with description. Try not to have slabs of talking as it can get boring (unless you're writing a play or TV script). Make dialogue realistic, the way people talk to each other, and use "said" more instead of words like shrieked, roared, bellowed, moaned. If you don't believe me, read books and see all the "saids"!

10. Have fun with your writing! Good luck!

  

                                                                                        

Doctor Margaret Clark

You are never too old to learnI 

 For eight years I studied for my doctorate in education, and the subject was Children's Literature.  I did research in some schools in Melbourne and rural areas. I wanted to know how schools use an author visit in their curriculum so I wanted to talk to English  teachers and teacher librarians. I was (and still am)  interested in what children and teenagers think about class text books and other books they read.  I kept a personal journal about why I write, what I write, ideas I get, requests I get from publishers and other data. I wrote all the research into a thesis.

I received my doctorate in October 2005.

 If you want more information or want to share ideas or ask me about problems please email: mdclark@pipeline.com.au 

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